General Terms and Conditions
Table of Contents
- Scope of Application
- Conclusion of the Contract
- Right to Cancel
- Prices and Payment Conditions
- Shipment and Delivery Conditions
- Reservation of Proprietary Rights
- Special Conditions for Repair Services
- Special Conditions for Assembly/Installation Services
- Redemption of Campaign Vouchers
- Redemption of Gift Vouchers
- Applicable Law
- Place of Jurisdiction
- Code of conduct
- Alternative dispute resolution
1) Scope of Application
1.1 These General Terms and Conditions (hereinafter referred to as "GTC") of the company LICHTEX.de GmbH (hereinafter referred to as "Seller”) shall apply to all contracts concluded between a consumer or a trader (hereinafter referred to as "Client”) and the Seller relating to all goods and/or services presented in the Seller's online shop. The inclusion of the Client’s own conditions is herewith objected to, unless other terms have been stipulated.
1.2 Regarding the purchase of vouchers, these GTC shall apply accordingly, unless expressly agreed otherwise.
1.3 For contracts regarding the delivery of vouchers, these GTC shall apply accordingly, unless expressly agreed otherwise.
1.4 A consumer pursuant to these GTC is any natural person concluding a legal transaction for a purpose attributed neither to a mainly commercial nor a self-employed occupational activity. A trader pursuant to these GTC is any natural or legal person or partnership with legal capacity acting in the performance of a commercial or self-employed occupational activity when concluding a legal transaction.
2) Conclusion of the Contract
2.1 The product descriptions in the Seller’s online shop do not constitute binding offers on the part of the Seller, but merely serve the purpose of submitting a binding offer by the Client.
2.2 The Client may submit the offer via the online order form integrated into the Seller's online shop. In doing so, after having placed the selected goods and/or services in the virtual basket and passed through the ordering process, and by clicking the button finalizing the order process, the Client submits a legally binding offer of contract with regard to the goods and/or services contained in the shopping cart. The Client may also submit his offer to the Seller by telephone, fax, e-mail, postal service or per online contact form.
2.3 The Seller may accept the Client’s offer within five days,
- by transferring a written order confirmation or an order confirmation in written form (fax or e-mail); insofar receipt of order confirmation by the Client is decisive, or
- by delivering ordered goods to the Client; insofar receipt of goods by the Client is decisive, or
- by requesting the Client to pay after he placed his order.
Provided that several of the aforementioned alternatives apply, the contract shall be concluded at the time when one of the aforementioned alternatives firstly occurs. Should the Seller not accept the Client’s offer within the aforementioned period of time, this shall be deemed as rejecting the offer with the effect that the Client is no longer bound by his statement of intent.
In case the Client has no PayPal account, the conditions for payments without PayPal account will apply which can be viewed at: https://www.paypal.com/ie/webapps/mpp/ua/legalhub-full?locale.x=en_US.
If the Client chooses “PayPal Express” as payment method, he initiates also a payment order to PayPal by clicking the button finalizing the order process. In this case, the Seller declares his acceptance of the Client’s offer already at the time when the Client initiates the payment transaction by clicking the button finalizing the ordering process.
2.5 When submitting an offer via the Seller's online order form, the text of the contract is stored by the Seller after the contract has been concluded and transmitted to the Client in text form (e.g. e-mail, fax or letter) after the order has been sent. The Seller shall not make the contract text accessible beyond this. If the Client has set up a user account in the Seller's online shop prior to sending his order, the order data shall be stored on the Seller's website and can be accessed by the Client free of charge via his password-protected user account by specifying the corresponding login data.
2.6 Prior to submitting a binding order via the Seller’s online order form, the Client may recognize input errors by reading attentively the information displayed on the screen. The enlargement function of the browser to enlarge the display on the screen may be an effective method for better recognizing input errors.
The Client can correct all the data entered via the usual keyboard and mouse function during the electronic ordering process, until he clicks the button finalizing the ordering process.
2.7 The German and the English language are exclusively available for the conclusion of the contract.
2.8 Order processing and contacting usually takes place via e-mail and automated order processing. It is the Client’s responsibility to ensure that the e-mail address he provides for the order processing is accurate so that e-mails sent by the Seller can be received at this address. In particular, it is the Client`s responsibility, if SPAM filters are used, to ensure that all e-mails sent by the Seller or by third parties commissioned by the Seller with the order processing can be delivered.
3) Right to Cancel
3.1 Consumers are entitled to the right to cancel.
3.2 Detailed information about the right to cancel are provided in the Seller’s instruction on cancellation.
4) Prices and Payment Conditions
4.1 Unless otherwise stated in the Seller’s product description, prices indicated are total prices including the statutory sales tax. Delivery costs, where appropriate, will be indicated separately in the respective product description
4.2 Payment can be made using one of the methods mentioned in the Seller’s online shop.
4.3 If prepayment by bank transfer has been agreed upon, payment is due immediately after conclusion of the contract, unless the parties have arranged a later maturity date
4.4 If the payment method "PayPal invoice" is selected, the Seller assigns his payment claim to PayPal. Before accepting the Seller's declaration of assignment, PayPal carries out a credit check using the transmitted Client data. The Seller reserves the right to refuse the Client the payment method "PayPal invoice" in case of a negative credit check. If the payment method "PayPal Invoice" is accepted by PayPal, the Client must pay the invoice amount to PayPal within 30 days from receipt of the goods, unless PayPal specifies a different payment term. In this case, he can only make payments with debt-discharging effect only to PayPal. However, in the event of assignment of claims, the Seller shall remain responsible for general customer inquiries, e. g. regarding the goods, delivery time, dispatch, returns, complaints, cancellation declarations and dispatches or credit notes. In addition, the General Terms and Conditions of Use for the use of the payment method “purchase” on account with PayPal shall apply; these conditions can be viewed at https://www.paypal.com/de/webapps/mpp/ua/pui-terms.
4.5 If the payment method "PayPal direct debit" is selected, PayPal collects the invoice amount from the customer's bank account on behalf of the Seller after a SEPA direct debit mandate has been issued, but not before the deadline for pre-notification has expired. Pre-notification means any communication (e. g. invoice, policy, contract) to the Client announcing a debit via SEPA direct debit. If the direct debit is not honored due to insufficient account coverage or due to the indication of an incorrect bank account, or if the Client objects to the debit, even though he is not entitled to do so, the Client shall bear the fees arising from the reversal of the respective bank, if he is responsible for this.
In case the client has no PayPal account, the conditions applicable for payments without PayPal account will be effective. They can be viewed at: https://www.paypal.com/de/webapps/mpp/ua/privacywax-full
4.7 If the payment method "immediate bank transfer" is selected, payment processing is carried out via the payment service provider SOFORT GmbH, Theresienhöhe 12,80339 Munich (hereinafter referred to as "IMMEDIATE"). If he wants to be able to pay the invoice amount via “immediate bank transfer,” the Client must have an online banking account that is activated for participation in “immediate bank transfer”. Furthermore he must have the appropriate credentials during the payment process, and must confirm the payment instruction to IMMEDIATE . The payment transaction will be executed immediately afterwards and the Client’s bank account debited accordingly. Further information on the payment method “immediate bank transfer” can be called up by the Client at https://www.sofort.com/ger-DE/kaeufer/su/so-funktioniert-sofort-ueberweisung/.
5) Shipment and Delivery Conditions
5.1 Goods are generally delivered on dispatch route and to the delivery address indicated by the Client, unless agreed otherwise. During the processing of the transaction, the delivery address indicated in the Seller’s order processing is decisive.
5.2 Should the assigned transport company return the goods to the Seller, because delivery to the Client was not possible, the Client bears the costs for the unsuccessful dispatch. This shall not apply, if the Client exercises his right to cancel effectively, if the delivery cannot be made due to circumstances beyond the Client's control or if he has been temporarily impeded to receive the offered service, unless the Seller has notified the Client about the service for a reasonable time in advance.
5.3 Should the Client collect the goods himself, the Seller informs the Client by e-mail that the goods are available for collection. After receiving the e-mail, the Client may collect the goods in consultation with the Seller at the Seller's place of business. In this case shipment costs will not be charged.
5.4 Vouchers will be provided to the Client as follows:
- by e-mail
6) Reservation of Proprietary Rights
If the Seller provides advance deliveries, he retains title of ownership to the delivered goods, until the purchase price owed has been paid in full.
7.1 Should the object of purchase be deficient, statutory provisions shall apply.
7.2 Deviating hereof regarding used goods: Claims for defects are excluded if the defect does not occur until one year after delivery of the goods. Defects that occur within one year of delivery of the goods can be asserted within the statutory limitation period.
The shortening of the limitation period does not apply,
- for a product, which was not used, in accordance with its usual application, for building construction and which was the cause of the building's defectiveness,
- for claims for damages and reimbursement of expenses on the part of the Client, and
- if the Seller has fraudulently concealed the defect.
7.3 The Client is asked to notify any obvious transport damages to the forwarding agent and to inform the Seller accordingly. Should the Client fail to comply therewith, this shall not affect his statutory or contractual claims for defects.
8) Special Conditions for Repair Services
If the Seller is responsible for the repair of a Client's item under the terms of the contract, the following shall apply:
8.1 Repair services shall be provided at the Seller's place of business.
8.2 The Seller shall render his services at his discretion either himself or by qualified personnel selected by him. The Seller may also make use of the services of third parties (subcontractors) who act on his behalf. Unless otherwise stated in the Seller's service description, the Client has no right to select a specific person to perform the desired service.
8.3 The Client must provide the Seller with all information necessary for the repair of the item unless its procurement does fall within the Seller's scope of duties according to the content of the contract. In particular, the Client must provide the Seller with a comprehensive description of the defect and inform him of all circumstances which may be the cause of the defect found.
8.4 Unless otherwise agreed, the Client must send the item to be repaired to the Seller's place of business at his own expense and risk. The Seller recommends the Client to conclude a transport insurance for this purpose. Furthermore, the Seller recommends the Client to send the goods in suitable transport packaging in order to reduce the risk of transport damage and to conceal the content of the packaging. The Seller will immediately inform the Client of obvious transport damage so that the Client can assert any rights he may have against the transport company.
8.5 The return of the goods shall be at the Client's expense. The risk of accidental loss and accidental deterioration of the item passes to the Client when the item is handed over to a suitable transport person at the Seller's place of business. At the Client's request, the Seller will conclude a transport insurance for the goods.
8.6 The Client can also transfer the item to be repaired at the Seller's place of business and collect it again from the Seller if this results from the Seller's service description or if the parties have made a corresponding agreement in this respect. In this case, the above provisions regarding the bearing of costs and risks shall apply accordingly when the goods are dispatched and returned.
8.7 The aforementioned regulations do not limit the Client's statutory rights in the event of the purchase of goods from the Seller.
8.8 The Seller shall be liable for defects in the repair service provided in accordance with the provisions regarding statutory liability for defects.
9) Special Conditions for Assembly/Installation Services
If, according to the contents of the contract, the Seller owes, in addition to the delivery of the goods, the assembly or installation of the goods at the Client's premises as well as any appropriate preparatory measures (e.g. measurement), the following shall apply:
9.1 The Seller shall perform his services at his discretion either himself or by qualified personnel selected by him. The Seller may also make use of the services of third parties (subcontractors) acting on the Seller's behalf. Unless otherwise stated in the Seller's description of services, the Client shall not be entitled to the selection of a specific person to perform the desired service.
9.2 The Client shall provide the Seller with the complete and truthful information required for the provision of the service owed, provided that the procurement of such information does not fall within the Seller's obligations under the terms of the contract.
9.3 The Seller shall contact the Client after conclusion of the contract in order to arrange a date with the Client for the performance owed. The Client shall ensure that the Seller or the personnel commissioned by the Seller have access to the Client's facilities at the agreed time .
9.4 The risk of accidental loss and accidental deterioration of the goods sold shall not pass to the Client until the assembly work has been completed and the goods have been handed over to the Client.
10) Redemption of Campaign Vouchers
10.1 Vouchers which are issued by the Seller free of charge, for a specific period of validity in the context of promotional activities and which cannot be purchased by the Client (hereinafter referred to as "campaign vouchers”) can only be redeemed in the Seller’s online shop and only within the indicated time period.
10.2 Individual products may be excluded from the voucher campaign, if such a restriction results from the conditions of the campaign voucher.
10.3 Campaign vouchers can only be redeemed prior to the conclusion of the order procedure. Subsequent offsetting is not possible.
10.4 Only one campaign voucher can be redeemed per order.
10.5 The goods value should meet at least the amount of the campaign voucher. The Seller will not refund remaining assets.
10.6 If the value of the campaign voucher is not enough for the order, the Client may choose one of the remaining payment methods offered by the Seller to pay the difference.
10.7 The campaign voucher credit will not be redeemed in cash and is not subject to any interest.
10.8 The campaign voucher will not be redeemed, if the Client, in the context of his legal right to cancel, returns goods paid fully or partially by a campaign voucher.
10.9 The campaign voucher is transferable. The Seller may render performance with discharging effect to the respective owner who redeems the campaign voucher in the Seller’s online shop. This does not apply, if the Seller has knowledge or grossly negligent ignorance of the non-entitlement, legal incapacity or of the missing right of representation regarding the respective owner.
11) Redemption of Gift Vouchers
11.1 Vouchers which can be purchased via the Seller’s online shop (hereinafter referred to as "gift vouchers") can only be redeemed in the Seller’s online shop, unless otherwise stipulated in the voucher.
11.2 Gift vouchers and remaining assets of gift vouchers can be redeemed by the end of the third year following the year of the gift voucher purchase. Remaining assets will be credited to the Client’s voucher account.
11.3 Gift vouchers can only be redeemed prior to the conclusion of the order procedure. Subsequent offsetting is not possible.
11.4 Only one gift voucher can be redeemed per order.
11.5 Gift vouchers can only be used for the purchase of goods and not for the purchase of other gift vouchers.
11.6 If the value of the gift voucher is not enough for the order, the Client may choose one of the remaining payment methods offered by the Seller to pay the difference.
11.7 The gift voucher credit will not be redeemed in cash and is not subject to any interest.
11.8 The gift voucher is transferable. The Seller may render performance with discharging effect to the respective owner who redeems the gift voucher in the Seller’s online shop. This does not apply, if the Seller has knowledge or grossly negligent ignorance of the non-entitlement, legal incapacity or of the missing right of representation regarding the respective owner.
12) Applicable Law
12.1 The law of the Federal Republic of Germany shall apply to all legal relationships between the parties under exclusion of the laws governing the international purchase of movable goods. For consumers, this choice of law only applies to the extent that the granted protection is not withdrawn by mandatory provisions of the law of the country, in which the consumer has his habitual residence.
12.2 With regard to the statutory right of cancellation, this choice of law does not apply to consumers who do not belong to a member state of the European Union at the time of the conclusion of the contract and whose sole place of residence and delivery address are outside the European Union at the time of the conclusion of the contract.
13) Place of Jurisdiction
If the Client is a businessman, a legal entity of public law or a separate estate under public law with its seat in the territory of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Seller’s place of business shall be the sole place of jurisdiction for all legal disputes arising from this contract.. If the Client is domiciled outside the territory of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Seller’s place of business shall be the sole place of jurisdiction for all legal disputes arising from this contract provided that the contract or claims from the contract can be assigned to the Client’s professional or commercial activities. In any event however, regarding the aforementioned cases the Seller is entitled to call the court responsible for the seat of the Client.
14) Code of conduct
14.1 The Seller has agreed to the conditions of participation for the e-commerce initiative "Fairness in Commerce", which can be viewed on the Internet at https://www.fairness-im-handel.de/teilnahmebedingungen/.
14.2 The Seller is subject to the Google Customer Reviews Guidelines, which are available on the Internet at https://support.google.com/merchants/topic/7105962
14.3 The Seller meets the quality standards of Trusted Shops, which can be viewed at www.trustedshops.com/tsdocument/TS_QUALITY_CRITERIA_de.pdf
15) Alternative dispute resolution
15.1 The EU Commission provides on its website the following link to the ODR platform: https://ec.europa.eu/consumers/odr.
This platform shall be a point of entry for out-of-court resolutions of disputes arising from online sales and service contracts concluded between consumers and traders.
15.2 The Seller is neither obliged nor prepared to attend a dispute settlement procedure before an alternative dispute resolution entity.